Following the departure of Sammy Watkins this offseason, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman is widely considered the top candidate to see a boost in targets and production in 2021.

Compared to his output as a rookie in 2019, the former second-round pick was the beneficiary of 21 additional targets and 15 receptions last season while Watkins missed six contests due to injury. Still, Hardman finished the regular season with only 22 more receiving yards (560) and two fewer touchdowns (four) than his inaugural NFL campaign. His prowess as a returner was again on display with a 67-yard punt return touchdown in Week 14, though his kick return opportunities (nine) were slashed by two-thirds from 2019.

Now entering his third season in Andy Reid’s offense with Patrick Mahomes under center, the Chiefs will undoubtedly be counting on the speedster to take the next step in his development as a receiver. On Friday, April 16, former All-Pro wideout Brandon Marshall revealed the strong message he recently shared with Hardman.